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Japan’s TEPCO to Release Contaminated Water into Sea: Fifth Round Underway

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일본 후쿠시마 제1원자력발전소 / EPA=연합뉴스Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant in Japan / EPA=Yonhap News

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) began the fifth round of ocean discharge of treated water by the Japanese government from the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant on the 19th, reported Kyodo News.

The discharge will continue until the 7th of next month, with the volume of discharge remaining the same as the previous round at 2,060,500 gallons.

On the 17th, TEPCO announced that after collecting samples from the measuring and verification tanks in preparation for the discharge of the contaminated water that had passed through the Multi-Nuclide Removal Equipment (ALPS), the standards were confirmed.

TEPCO started the first ocean discharge in August last year. By last month, it had released 8,219,670 gallons of contaminated water into the sea in front of the Fukushima plant over four rounds.

For the fiscal year from April 2024 to March 2025, there are plans to dispose of approximately 14,391,900 gallons of contaminated water in seven rounds.

The total amount of tritium (tritium) included in the contaminated water to be discharged during this period is expected to be 14 trillion Bq (Becquerels), below the annual limit of 22 trillion Bq.

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